Best Western have 2 hotels in Rutland
Book a hotel in Rutland, Britain's smallest county, and discover a county of quaint little villages and teeming with rare wildlife, hosted by a 25-mile shoreline of reservoir.
Town and city breaks in Rutland
Rutland's diminutive size allows for only two towns: Oakham and Uppingham. Booking a Rutland hotel will allow to relax and enjoy the quiet pace of life in traditional market town Oakham. Wander alongside its charming limestone cottages to visit the gothic All Saints' Church, the beautiful tower and spire of which cuts an impressive figure on the local landscape for miles around. In the Norman Oakham Castle, a vast collection of horseshoes can be found on display, housed in the great hall. Uppingham is bliss for browsers, with antique shops and art galleries to be found burrowed in alongside the ironstone houses. When you're all shopped out, wine and dine in the little village of Clipsham at the Michelin star awarded Olive Branch, famed for its rustic charm and delicious locally sourced dishes, the perfect dinner away from your cosy hotel in Rutland centre.
Holidays in the Rutland countryside
Gaze across the beautiful Rutland Water just outside of Oakham and explore the surrounding woodland. This reservoir, the largest in England, attracts visitors in hordes; fish, cycle or stroll around its banks, or coast across its surface in pleasure cruiser the Rutland Belle. To the west is Rutland Water Nature Reserve, a nature lover's paradise and home to over 20,000 birds including grebes, cormorants and, notably, ospreys, reintroduced to the area with great success in the 1990s. The British Birdwatching Fair gathers here each August. Hidden between the uplands of Rutland you'll find the Vale of Catmose, running north from the village of Manton to the county border at Teigh. Walk this countryside trail on your short break, and you can spot still existing traces of the now defunct 19th century Oakham-Melton Canal where it carves a pretty path through the endless green landscape of the valley.
Attractions in Rutland
See Rutland's most iconic landmark Normanton Church where it sits on Rutland Water, saved from flooding in the 1970s. Stroll through the village of Langham, which in 1310 saw the birth of Simon de Langham, who in the 14th century held many esteemed positions, such as Chancellor of England and Archbishop of Canterbury. There you can raise a glass in his name Rutland Vintners, an impressive wine merchant on Burley Road. Gain a head for heights on your way up the outdoor Rockblok Climbing Wall in Whitwell, or do some trainspotting at Rutland Railway Museum in Cottesmore. Book a hotel in Rutland to explore this charming little county. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in character, the perfect short UK break.
Hotels in Rutland
Attractions in Rutland:
31 Aug 2012 - 5 May 2013 (annual)
Daily 10am-5.45pm; last admission 5pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)
Mon, Tue & Thu 9am-10.30am or 9.30am-11am and 2pm-3.30pm or 2.30pm-4pm; Closed Thu 21 Apr Apr - Oct 2013; Mon, Tue, and Thu only (annual)
Wed & Sat 12pm-4pm Apr - Sep 2013; Wed and Sat only (annual)
10am-5pm; hill visits (weather permitting) 11am + May, Jun, Sep & Oct 2.30pm + Jul & Aug 3.30pm Feb 2012 - Feb 2013 (annual)